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Thursday April 17, 2014
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Equality.

Are Women Treated As Equals?

  1. Based On The 2010 Textbook For Elders
  2. The importance of men compared to women
  3. Statistics on equality

Inequality.

Critics say women are not treated as equals within the Jehovah's Witness faith and they point to the 2010 textbook for Elders called "Shepherd The Flock Of God" as a good example of this. Women are mentioned, especially in advising Elders on how to interact with females in the congregation. However the masculine words 'he', 'him', 'his', etc. are consistently used when addressing how the elders are to shepherd the flock of God. Women are barely acknowledged compared to men.

Some women may regard this as disrespectful and may take offense. Even though men are required to treat 'sisters' in a respectful way, women are not allowed to be Elders or Ministerial Servants.

Opponents of the faith also notice this. They say that when one looks at the wordology of the 2010 instruction manual for Elders, men are referred to 709 times. Women are acknowledged 50 times. In other words, based on the use of masculine gender words compared to feminine gender words, men are given 14 times more prominence than women in this very important top secret organizational publication. [1]

Rights of Women.

Gender Inequality.

How important are women in the Jehovah's Witness religion? How many times does the instruction manual for Elders mention women and how many times does it mention men? Are women equals? Here are some interesting statistics.

Word Count
Word # of Times Each Word Occurs
He 298
His 205
Him 127
Himself 16
Brother 63
Her 27
She 7
Herself 0
Sister 16

1. Almost immediately upon release the highly classified document, "Shepherd the Flock Of God", in Sept 2010, copies were leaked to 'spiritually weak' Jehovah's Witnesses and nonbelievers outside the organization.

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